Book #52: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Maggie Stiefvater, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, (2014), 391p

Okay friends and lovers, click here and here if you haven’t read my blogs about the first two books of the Raven Cycle Series. Also, you will find plenty of praise for Stiefvater.

I really have been putting off reading this book, not because I didn’t like the series. In fact the opposite is true – I ADORE THIS SERIES! I know that the next book isn’t out until fall and I didn’t want to devour this in on sitting and be left starving for Stiefvater until then. But I did it anyway. Because I’m a glutton for punishment.

We pick up right where we left off: Blue’s mom is missing. The Raven boys and Blue head back to school. Glendower is still hidden. Adam is still magical. Ronan is still brooding and dreamy. Noah is still smudgy. Gansey is still determined and minty. And Blue is in deeper than ever before.

I have been team “Gansey-Blue hook-up party of two” since the beginning, but a new super cute team AKA “Adnan” (which reminds me of Serial Podcast, which leaves me longing for season two, sigh) is perking my interest. I love how strong Blue’s bonds are with all of the boys now. She’s not an outcast. She’s vital.

I’m really hoping that Stiefvater doesn’t follow through with her murderous Gansey plotline – which isn’t a spoiler because it’s been hammered out throughout the series. I adore him.

Now to wait. Til fall. And try not to get my hopes up about anything posted on Stiefvater’s Twitter between now and then.

2015 Reading Challenge: a book with magic

Book #33: The Dream Thieves

Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves, (2013), 437p

I’m going to try not to sound like a broken record here, but I adore Maggie Stiefvater. Seriously, please go back and read my blogs on https://1000bookstoberead.com/2014/07/20/book-10-sinner/ and https://1000bookstoberead.com/2014/11/02/book-27-the-raven-boys/ if you want to hear me gush and gush about this lovely lady. Now, I’m going to move on from there 🙂

I really love reading reviews. (Well clearly, since I started my own review blog!) But honestly, reviews on everything. Particularly of books, restaurants, and vacation destinations. While planning a trip to Mexico, I spent like 2 hours reading Trip Advisor reviews and laughing hysterically at the things people complain about. Yes lady, there is going to be mosquitoes when you go into the jungle. Yes sir, it is the ocean. There is clearly going to be seaweed.

That being said, I don’t typically like reading reviews of things I really, really like. Like this book for example. When I was updating my Good Reads list, I read what some people thought about this book. And I must say, they were wrong and I am right. Clearly.

This may contain some spoiley spoilers for the whole series. I’m really trying to come up with a way to make it not be spoiley, but it’s tough, yo.

Ronan is a dream thief. He can steal things out of his dreams. Like his raven, Chainsaw. As the search for Glendower continues, Ronan`s dream thievery is heightened. But is he the only one with this special skill? And what about the stuff he is bringing back from his dreams?

I loved the change in dynamic of the relationships between Blue and the Aglionby boys  – she finally confesses her worries and thoughts to Adam and essentially cuts him loose; she supports and loves Ronan who is pretty much horrible to her; she strengthens her bonds with Noah; and I really can’t even put into words how I feel about Blue and Gansey. I can put it into a series of loud screams and squees, but it is pretty much nonsensical. They make me happy. Really, really happy.

I love that Stiefvater focuses more on the other boys in this story. Well, particularly Ronan. For the most part, the first book focuses on Gansey (I clearly don’t have a problem with this in the least bit…), but it’s nice to add more depth to Ronan, Adam, and even Noah. As I stated in my review for Raven Boys, I love all the boys.

I have Blue Lily, Lily Blue already on my hold list at the library. Cannot WAIT to pick it up.

You’ve done it again, Maggie. Thanks.

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂

Book #27: The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys, (2012), 408p

I’m biased. I love Maggie Stiefvater’s books. I’ve stated this before and I’ll state it again. She writes really, really great teen fiction. I have seriously been meaning to read the Raven Cycle series for quite a while now. Especially since I have read reviews stating that this series is better than her the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Which, in my opinion, would be pretty hard to beat.

It was my month to pick a title for book club, so I picked this beauty. Surprisingly, all four of us ACTUALLY read the book before our meeting and all four of us liked the book. It was most fresh in my mind because I had just finished it hours before the meeting, as I was procrasti-reading another book before picking up this one and nearly ran out of time.

Blue Sargent is an anomaly in a family of clairvoyants. She doesn’t seem to have the sight, but can make everyone else’s sight stronger. Every year, Blue goes with her family to the cemetery for St. Mark’s eve, a night where the soon-to-be-dead emerge and walk past. Blue never sees them – until this year, when a boy, Gansey, speaks directly to her. This sucks Blue into the world of the Raven Boys, a rich group of private school boys who typically only mean trouble.

I really, really wanted to talk about this book for longer than our typical five minutes at our meeting. I even wrote a list of things I wanted to discuss which I basically just blurted out in fragmented sentences (Gansey and the bees! Ronan’s dad! Chainsaw! Blue’s dad! True love!). I have so many questions, some of which I have heard will be answered with the next two books.

I loved all of the characters in this book: Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah. I had a hard time picking which of the boys were my favourite. Likely Gansey, cause come on. He sounds adorable.

I was not disappointed. I loved this series. Now for the next two books…

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂

Book #10: Sinner

Maggie Stiefvater, Sinner, (2014), 357p

I am a werewolf in L.A.

The line Stiefvater claims stuck in her head and began this book on its journey. Thank goodness for this line. Thank goodness for this book.

I’m rather biased because I absolutely adore this series. The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy is one that I often recommend to friends whether they are avid YA readers or skeptics of supernatural teen fiction. It’s a quick, easily digested read, with interesting twists and werewolf lore. Sam was perfect. Cole was perfectly damaged. I’ll be honest, I liked the first two books far more than the third, but it was a well rounded series. When I heard that Stiefvater was working on a fourth book, I was a little skeptical. But when I heard it would surround Cole and Isabel, I was intrigued.

Sinner follows Cole, a drug addict rock star turned werewolf, as he ventures to L.A. hot on the tail of Isabel, the damaged girl who got away. Cole agrees to be part of a reality television show, produced by someone who’s claim to fame is putting has-been stars on camera and watching them spiral towards madness. Cole is trying to be different, trying to be better to win back Isabel. New curveballs are thrown in, challenging Cole and Isabel’s lingering love.

I enjoyed this book but I truly adore these two characters. I also secretly hope that this series ends on a high note and that this is the end. Too many series drag it out, stretch it thin, and end with a flop. This would beat well-rounded ending, leaving the reader wondering and wanting.

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂